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Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien  #18

Center
NUMBER: 18 BIRTHDATE: January 29, 1989
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Maplewood, MN, United States
WEIGHT: 200 DRAFTED: OTT / 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (29th overall)

Notes: Missed games: Has not missed any 2012-13 regular season games due to injury ... Is the only player in franchise history to have made his NHL debut against the Blue Jackets after having done so on 12/31/10 at Columbus (4-3 OT loss).
2011-12: Scored his first NHL goal (was also his first NHL point) on 2/15/12 at Florida (6-2 win) ... Led Senators rookies in plus-minus (+6) and was the lone Ottawa rookie to register a plus rating.
2012-13 Season high: Face-offs: 7/8 (88%) Feb. 28 at Boston (2-1 OT loss)
Career game highs: Goals: 1 (8x) last: Feb. 28 at Boston (2-1 OT loss); Assists: 1 (4x) last: March 16 at Buffalo (4-3 OT win); Points: 1 (12x) last: (0-1), March 16 at Buffalo (4-3 OT win)

A skilled forward with good on-ice awareness, James O'Brien has a good work ethic. He handles the puck well and has a good wrist shot. O'Brien was the youngest player in Division I college at the University of Minnesota in 2006-07. A product of the U.S. National Team Development Program, he won a silver medal at the 2007 World Under-18 Championship.
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I think I'm lucky to be here and you definitely don't take very many things for granted, if you take anything for granted. I definitely put my family and my wife and my close family in perspective, that they're the most important thing in the world. I want to do whatever I can to play hockey, but like I said, under the right circumstances.

— Stars forward Rich Peverley to "The Musers" radio show on The Ticket 1310 AM in Dallas